Rosalind Franklin Institute
Appointment of Institute Director
The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national research centre designed to develop and accelerate the application of disruptive technologies and next-generation physical science methods that will underpin future advances in the life sciences. Formally announced by the UK Government in 2017, as part of its Industrial Strategy, and backed by over £100 million in investment, the Institute will draw on expertise from leading universities across the UK, together with industry and major facilities.
The Rosalind Franklin Institute will operate on a ‘hub and spokes basis’, with a purpose-built facility on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, close to the Diamond synchrotron and other national science infrastructure; and satellite activity with linked sites at partner universities including Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Imperial College, King’s College London, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Southampton, and University College London.
The Institute operates as a company limited by guarantee, with ten partner universities and the UKRI as members, and is a registered charity. The Board of Directors comprises the Chairperson, Institute Director, six Academic Member nominees, one UKRI nominee and three further Independent Directors (one representative from a life sciences or biomedical funding body or research sponsor, and two representatives from relevant industries).
Having completed its 'establishment' phase, the Institute is now seeking to appoint an Institute Director to lead the continuing development of the Institute as a UK national research centre. Reporting to the Institute Board, the Institute Director will provide strategic and operational leadership and management for the Institute and its activities, fostering a culture of inclusivity and collaboration within the Institute, and nurturing enduring links with researchers and other stakeholders in the partner universities, as well as in relevant industry partners and other end users. In addition to developing and implementing the Institute Business Plan and Budget, the Institute Director will seek out and secure further relevant funding to assure the sustainability of the Institute.
Candidates will demonstrate a proven track record of research excellence and achievement in a relevant discipline, together with broad understanding of the opportunities for impact at the interface between the engineering, physical and life sciences. Candidates will also demonstrate proven experience of establishing and leading a large-scale research initiative, ideally involving multiple stakeholders or partners and significant fiscal management and oversight. The appointee will bring excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision for the Rosalind Franklin Institute. Prior experience of technology transfer and entrepreneurship is highly desirable, though not essential.
The Rosalind Franklin Institute is committed to equality and valuing diversity in its widest sense. Expressions of interest are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates.
For further details, including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please see https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 3473. The deadline for applications is noon GMT on Monday the 2nd of April 2018.